Williamsburg Fall Arts returns for a seventh year of nearly nonstop arts events throughout the greater Williamsburg area. Roughly 50 events have been announced by midsummer, with additional ones being added regularly — previous years saw 100 or more events. Every year, new faces join the arts community and new partnerships form.
"Every year, it evolves," said Williamsburg arts coordinator Terry Buntrock. "The region has embraced this as a positive influence on tourism."
The fall is typically one of the least-visited periods of the year, when kids are back in school and money might be tight for some families. Fall Arts is geared more toward different groups of people who are more drawn to the arts.
"For couples or older folks, the fall was really the perfect time to be here," she said.
Fall Arts programs were affected by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's decision to close the Kimball in July. The foundation's agreement to lease the property to William and Mary allowed for programming to continue there. At the time of this writing, some organizations, such as Opera in Williamsburg, have arranged with the college to continue to use the theater as planned. Others, like the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, are still working on securing time. Dates and times may change slightly as a result of further developments.
Though potential venue changes are a small hiccup, Buntrock is confident that locals and tourists alike will enjoy seven weeks of art — and fun.
"Whether you enjoy visual arts or music or literary arts or fine American crafts, truly there is something that anyone could find of interest," she said.
For more info and a full list of events, check out visitwilliamsburg.com. Some events listed below fall outside the Williamsburg Fall Arts umbrella, but they maintain the spirit of the initiative.
Aug. 31: Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a concert under the stars at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre featuring songs like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Victory at Sea." 7:30 p.m. at 201 Ukrop Way. Free
Sept. 2: The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. The Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at 6 p.m. The symphony takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. 331 Water St. Free. 890-4490.
Sept. 2: The Fred Eversley sculpture exhibit opens at the Muscarelle Museum. "Black, White, Gray and Transparent Color" will show off the artist's works made from resin and other materials. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 603 Jamestown Road.
Sept. 2: William and Mary's fall semester Screen on the Green brings "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Wonder Woman" to the campus' Sunken Garden between Richmond and Jamestown roads. 8 p.m. Free, including popcorn and other food. 221-2132.
Sept 4: The "Federalist Papers" presentation at the Hennage Auditorium will feature Tony Williams, co-author of "Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America," discussing the role of the Federalist Papers in the foundation of American government. A book signing follows. Included with museum admission.
Sept. 7-23: Williamsburg's premiere theater troupe performs the Broadway musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Williamsburg Players Theatre, 200 Hubbard Lane. 229-0431 or williamsburgplayers.org.
Sept. 8-10: Art Escape Weekend promotes regional art galleries and businesses like Quirks and the Williamsburg Art Gallery.
Sept. 9: Trellis Farm to Table Dinner. Fancy tables will once again cascade down Duke of Gloucester Street as chef David Everett's restaurants, including Blue Talon Bistro and DoG Street Pub, serve delectable food and drinks. 6:30-9 p.m. Merchants Square. Tickets are $130. 229-8610.
Sept. 12: The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg presents the Miró String Quartet, an ensemble from Austin, Texas. They will bring their exciting and thoughtful interpretations to the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre. 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit chambermusicwilliamsburg.org.
Sept 13: The 2009 documentary "Reel Injun" explores the history of Native Americans on the silver screen. Jamestown Settlement.
Sept. 14: Discuss the latest trends in film, music and podcasts with others at the first After Thoughts meeting inside the Williamsburg Regional Library's Schell Room. 7 p.m. Free.
Sept. 16: The Williamsburg Contemporary Artisans and Plein Air festivals simultaneously feature contemporary artisans demonstrating their crafts and selling their wares. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Duke of Gloucester Street.
Sept. 17: Rand Scholet, president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, and biographer Michael Newton will talk about Hamilton's legacy as America's first Secretary of the Treasury in a lecture titled, "Alexander Hamilton: Legacy of a Founding Father," park of the American Revolution Museum's "AfterWARd" exhibition. 200 Water St., Yorktown. Free. Reserve in advance by calling 253-4572.
Sept. 21: The Williamsburg Regional Library's Dewey Decibel Concert Series continues with LCV Project, the stage name of acoustic guitarist and instrumentalist Lou Vangieri, who blends folk country swing, pop rock and more in his music. 7:30 p.m. inside the library's theater. Free.
Sept. 22-24: CultureFix brings back the Big Bluesy festival, promising three days of constant jams. Dates subject to change; venue to be determined. Check culture-fix.org for updates.
Sept. 22: The Tucker-Arnold storytelling concert returns for its eighth year with Grammy winner Bill Harley appearing as main speaker to offer his unique blend of song and story. 7 p.m. at the Kimball Theatre.
Sept. 23: The Parrot Heads pay tribute to the classics of Jimmy Buffett at Lake Matoaka.
Sept. 24: The Yorktown Art Stroll features some of the area's most talented artists showing off their paintings, crafts and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing, 331 Water St. Free. 369-1108.
Sept. 25-26: Violinist Jennifer Koh joins the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra for the next in their Masterworks Series. The concert will feature Schoenberg's "Bounce," Sibelius' "Violin Concerto in D minor, Opus 47" and "Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'" by Dvorak. 8 p.m.; venue TBD. For tickets and more information visit williamsburgsymphony.org or call 229-9857.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: The Folk Festival at the Watermen's Museum returns for its fourth year, promising a weekend filled with classically American entertainment. The sounds of bluegrass, country, jazz and more will fill downtown Yorktown. Begins at 10 a.m. both days. 309 Water St. Free.
Sept. 30: United by DNA tests, the Hennage Auditorium "Two Races, One Family" features three members of an extended North Carolina family who will discuss their ancestry and the master/slave past that binds them together. Included with museum admission.
Oct. 1: The recurring 2nd Sundays event celebrates unique art, local artists and music throughout the streets surrounding Colonial Williamsburg. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 423 Prince George St. Free.
Oct. 2: Jeffrey Allison explores the photography of Walker Evans and Edward Hopper, both of whom celebrated American culture through exploring common lives and places. 7:30 p.m. inside the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre. Free.
Oct. 3: Johanna Minich, the adjunct curator of Native American art at Richmond's Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will lecture at Jamestown Settlement in a presentation dubbed "Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers and the Debunking of the 'Vanishing Race' Myth." It's part of their "Pocahontas Reimagined" exhibit, which runs through Jan. 28. 7 p.m. Free.
Oct. 3-Nov. 9: The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center will showcase the selections for its 2017 Juried Regional Art Show, featuring works approved by judge, artist and Williamsburg Art Gallery owner Gulay Berryman. 110 Westover Avenue. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
Oct. 6-8: An Occasion for the Arts returns for a weekend filled with food, libations, live music and more. The event is kid-friendly, also featuring a youth art exhibit. Begins Friday evening and runs all day Saturday and Sunday. Merchants Square. Free.
Oct. 7: For the first time, An Occasion for the Arts is incorporating the Williamsburg Book Festival. Kathryn Aalto, New York Times bestselling author of "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood," will appear. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St. Free.
Oct. 7: At the Yorktown Wine Festival connoisseurs and novices alike can partake in samplings of wines from all over the world. Noon-6 p.m. Riverwalk Landing
Oct. 7-8: The American Indian Intertribal Powwow features singing, dancing, storytelling and a film presentation courtesy of members of Native American tribes. 9 a.m-5 p.m. Jamestown Settlement. Adults $17, kids 6-12 $8. 593-4682.
Oct. 10: The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg presents another round of music, this time courtesy of the Ensemble 4.1 Piano Windtet performing the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. 8 p.m. inside the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre. For ticket information, visit chambermusicwilliamsburg.org.
Oct. 12: The Virginia Symphony Orchestra opens their 2017-18 Williamsburg Classics series with Copland's Clarinet Concerto. 8 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. Tickets start at $25, available at virginiasymphony.org.
Oct. 18: The Hennage Auditorium presents "Right Hand Man? George Washington and Alexander Hamilton," during which historian Peter Henriques will discuss the pair's relationship. $5 ticket in addition to museum admission.
Oct. 19: "The Duel Between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: The Musical and the Reality." historian Peter Henriques returns to the Hennage Auditorium to discuss the duel that defined early American history.
Oct 20-21: Jamestown Settlement's Halloween celebration, "Family Frights," features ghost stories, haunted houses and more for elementary school-age kids. 6:30-9 p.m. both days. 253-4838.
Oct. 20, 22, 24: "The Barber of Seville" comes to life courtesy of Opera in Williamsburg in its native Italian with English supertitles. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kimball Theatre. For tickets and more info, visit operainwilliamsburg.org.
Oct. 23: Those interested in the concept and evolution of postmodern film can join in on the discussion at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Clips from the works of Man Ray, Andy Warhol and more will be shown. 7:30 p.m. inside the library's theater. Free.
Oct. 27: Pamela Z, a composer, performer and artist from New York, will perform and speak at William and Mary as a part of the college's commemoration of ending segregation 50 years ago. Location and time TBD.